This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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[Interview] Major transnational wildlife crime could catch India by surprise
Mongabay-India speaks to wildlife detective “the Guru of Doo Doo” Samuel Wasser, known for his expertise in using animal faeces to track poachers.
Hope runs dry as groundwater sources in Punjab drop to alarming levels
A new report by Central Ground Water Board has warned of Punjab turning into a desert state in 25 years.
[Photos] Chennai searches for water
In this photo feature, we follow the water as it is pumped out from the reservoirs that are almost fully dry to the tanker points where it is supplied to the residents.
India’s water commission suggests rewards and punishment for conservation
India is not a water deficit country but the country’s water scarcity is due to neglect and poor monitoring of water resources, says a government report.
To find out monkey fever’s next destination, scientists follow the ticks that carry it
Over 9000 people have been affected by the Kyasanur forest disease, tick-borne viral disease with no cure and only a weak vaccine.
India’s national animal loses to national interest
An expert panel on forests of the environment ministry has accorded in-principle approval for survey and exploration of uranium in Telangana’s Amrabad Tiger Reserve.
Why do people hesitate to use improved cookstoves, despite benefits?
A recent study advocates improving supply chains, targeting the poor and marginalised and providing price discounts to encourage the shift.
[Commentary] Factory farming for eggs impacts India’s environment
Factory farms, in addition to poor animal welfare standards, also threatens air, water and soil quality, writes Humane Society International in a commentary.
Lack of alternative livelihood linked to Konyak affinity to shifting cultivation
Agrobiodiversity in shifting cultivation system attracts the Naga tribe and leads to a perception of economic security, backed by their strong connections to the forest.
Wind sector hopes for better times ahead
In a meeting with the government in May, industry officials put forward policy recommendations to revive the sector towards meeting the national wind capacity targets.